To be honest, 2011 sucked for me.
Car broke down. Lost my job. My wife got cancer. My wife lost her job. A full year of almost-successes with film fests, producers, distributors, agents, managers... with little to no concrete achievements that I can point to.
But with the proper prospective, this is how "Breaking In" really works. Step by step. Script by script. Meeting by meeting. Year by year. It takes time, hard work, and patience.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
Based on last year's "mistakes,", this year I will...
- send off my script to a friend's manager
- meet a rainmaker who can help jumpstart my career
- submit 2-3 new scripts to Nicholl's and Sundance on May 1st
- write 2-3 more scripts after that
- query away
What mistakes will you make this year?